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Partners, Patrons and Sponsors

The WineGB sponsorship programme enables the organisation to raise funds to support activities that benefit the membership and encourage the industry to develop. The support our Partners, Patrons and Sponsors give to the industry is hugely appreciated.

There are three levels of sponsorship for Patrons – Gold, Silver and Silver Sustainability – and each has a comprehensive range of benefits and opportunities. For anyone interested in becoming a WineGB Partner or Patron and for further details of the scheme, please contact Phoebe French or click here to view the Patrons’ Scheme leaflet.

WineGB is proud to be supported by its industry Partners, Patrons, Sponsors:

Industry Partners

Ferovinum

Ferovinum is a working capital platform that provides capital to businesses within the wine and spirits sector to fund inventory and accounts receivable.

In 2020, it launched a product tailor-made for UK sparkling wine producers and has since funded over one million bottles through the platform and helped producers invest for growth.

This product is particularly relevant for traditional method sparkling wine producers in the UK, given the capital-intensive production cycle and current opportunities for brand-building and wine tourism. Wine can be funded from the moment it is placed in bottle and throughout the lees ageing, finishing and marketing periods; releasing shareholder capital for investment in more productive uses. Clients are finding the product to be more versatile, efficient and lower-cost than alternative sources of funding.

Knight Frank

The Knight Frank Viticulture Team is focused on supporting vineyard managers and wine producers who make quality still and sparkling wine from grapes grown in Britain. The team can identify bare land suitable for vines, using their in-house geospatial vineyard mapping software to identify important variables like soil type, altitude, frost risk, slope direction, gradient and road access. Once suitable land has been identified, Knight Frank can help clients negotiate with landowners to buy or rent land. Once the land is secured, their planning team help clients secure planning consent for wineries, bottle stores and visitors’ centres. Knight Frank’s Viticulture team also offer a placemaking-led diversification service to help vineyards and wineries increase the quality and quantity of footfall to their winery. By deliberately clustering complementary businesses, uses and activities around the winery, it becomes more interesting and attractive from the perspective of the consumer.

NFU Mutual

NFU Mutual provides tailored insurance for grape growers and wine makers.  Local knowledge, a personal touch and professional advice are never far away with a network of local offices.  In addition to insurance, NFU Mutual also offer pensions, investments and risk management services. Coming soon – ‘Ahead of the Field’ podcast series featuring Court Garden Vineyard.

Paris Smith

Paris Smith is a regional law firm with over 200 years of history and 250 staff to its name. Paris Smith joined with WineGB to offer our members practical commercial legal advice and planning consultancy support so that your business can flourish. Whether you are buying or selling your vineyard or winery, need help with planning around properties or change of use, have questions relating to employment or immigration law, need help to protect your Intellectual Property, would like the team to take a look at your Terms & Conditions or help you chase debts owed to your business – take advantage of their free advice helpline for WineGB members.

Gold Patrons

A E Chapman & Son Ltd

AE Chapman is the UK’s largest wholesaler stockist of glass bottles, supplying a superb range for wines, spirits, minerals, ciders, beers and fruit juices. Certificated by BRC we are an AA star accredited business. 

Carpenter Box

Carpenter Box provides specialist accountancy, business and tax services to UK vineyards. Its dedicated vineyard team can help with R&D tax relief, biological assets, VAT advice, capital allowances for equipment, and assistance with grants and funding.

Evolution Bottling & Packaging Solutions

Experts in the provision of machinery for bottling and packaging, Evolution BPS understands your passion for the unique qualities of your Wine. In particular, they understand that bottling represents a critical stage in the life cycle of wine, and for this reason it must be managed with competence and accuracy. Evolution provides quality, innovative machinery for all parts of wine bottling lines, expertly minimising oxygen pick up and maintaining product integrity at every stage, and in particular during the delicate stage of filling.

Evolution works in partnership with MBF for rinsing, filling and capping machines. MBF are renowned experts in the careful management of delicate products through the filling process. New to the MBF and Evolution portfolio is the Miniblock, perfectly suited to UK Wineries. MBF have a first class reputation for the expert filling of wine throughout the world and now their patented, market-leading approach to managing the product and minimising oxygen pick-up is available in a cost effective, efficient bottling line for speeds of up to 3,000 bph.

In addition to MBF, the Evolution portfolio includes TMG for de-palletisers, palletisers, case-packing machines and all end of line machinery; Robino & Galandrino for all capsuling and wire-hooding machines; P.E. LABELLERS for types of labelling machines; Logics & Controls highly advanced inspection systems for fill level, label, empty bottle and closure inspection. In partnership with its suppliers, Evolution provides quality, innovative equipment to secure the correct solution for any project, creating a proposition that can offer full line turnkey solutions or individual machines for all your bottling and packaging needs. Its equipment is installed, commissioned and maintained by their UK based team of Field Service Engineers, complemented and supported by their manufacturers every step of the way.

Gaasch Packaging

Gaasch Packaging is a well established supplier of premium glass bottles, corks and capsules to the wine and spirits sector, both in the UK and Europe. The very experienced team can help you find the ideal packaging solution for your products, either by helping you to source off-the-shelf standard solutions or by assisting you to create and produce your own bespoke designs.

Rankin Brothers & Sons

The UK’s local supplier of quality closures for still and sparkling wines, beers and spirits. A family business established in 1774, Rankin offers includes natural cork and synthetic closures, wire hoods, screw caps, crowns and capsules. It has recently become the exclusive distributor for Sparflex products in the UK.

Royston Labels

An award-winning leading UK supplier of self-adhesive labels with over 30 years’ experience in the industry. Royston combines the skill and craftsmanship of traditional print and embellishment techniques with the very latest digital capabilities to ensure that its clients always receive the most cost effective, high quality, innovative packaging solutions available.

WBC

WBC is the UK & Ireland’s leading wholesale supplier of transit packaging, gift packaging for beer, wine and spirits and retail display to the specialist food and drinks market.

With over 1,000 off-the-shelf products available for next day delivery including transit and protective packaging for wine, packing supplies and barware, gift & hamper packaging, retail supplies and signage equipment and a comprehensive personalisation service, WBC is a one-stop-shop for retail essentials.

Discounts available for WineGB members, phone 020 7737 4040 for more information. The full product range can be viewed via the website. No minimum order & free next-day delivery on orders over £150 ex-VAT.

WSET

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is the world’s leading provider of wine, spirits and sake qualifications. Their courses are designed to inspire and empower anyone looking to develop their drinks knowledge from beginners to experts, and from enthusiasts to professionals. 

With four progressive levels of study offered through an extensive network of course providers in more than 70 countries and translated into multiple languages, WSET qualifications are globally recognised as the international standard in wine, spirits and sake knowledge.

For more information about WSET or to locate your nearest course provider, visit wsetglobal.com.

Silver Patrons

Berlin Packaging

Berlin Packaging UK (previously Bruni Erben) is the UK subsidiary of Berlin Packaging – the world’s only hybrid packaging supplier. Founded in 1951, Berlin Packaging UK is a leading supplier of closures, glass and machinery for the bottling and packaging industry. Berlin Packaging UK brings together the best elements of packaging manufacturing, distribution and income-boosting services.

Bevica

Bevica is a product of TVision, the UK’s go-to partner with the expertise to implement your business processes in the cloud or on premise, using Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. With over 20 years of Microsoft experience, they love implementing ERP solutions to help ambitious agile companies achieve their full potential. They understand the challenges that companies like yours in the wine sector face, and help deliver operational excellence, instant business insight and positive customer experience.

BevTech Ltd

Suppliers of winery equipment including presses, tanks, barrels, pumps and bottling equipment, with a team of qualified winemakers able to give invaluable advice.

BevTech also offers a mobile bottling and labelling service, providing an efficient and cost effective solution to UK wineries for both still and sparkling wines.

Boxes and Packaging

Boxes and Packaging offers the UK’s largest independent national sheet plant network, supplying customers with the design and manufacture of bespoke corrugated packaging, in-house printing and supply chain solutions. Already proud to supply some of the leading vineyards with gift, display and transit packaging, their teams are highly experienced in delivering packaging solutions that exceed expectations in the wine and drinks industry and beyond.

House of Maxwell

House of Maxwell is a consultancy business aimed at helping wineries in the commercial space. We can help in a number of areas; brand creation, brand development, sales strategy, distribution, export, PR, digital marketing and anything else that might need addressing. We work with a group of specialists, all experienced in their area and all with direct English wine experience, making us extremely well placed to offer the best advice.

InvestAssure

InvestAssure provides guidance and support for developing and implementing corporate sustainability programmes. Whether the focus is on environmental footprints, social responsibility, ESG, sustainable investment, or responsible sourcing, they help to bring order to the confusing array of pressures coming from government, NGOs, customers and other stakeholders. They guide businesses through the maize of risks and opportunities, to identify priorities for improvement, monitoring and communications.

Lallemand

A leading developer, producer and marketer of select natural yeasts, nutrients and bacteria, and also a distributor of winemaking enzymes, Lallemand is a privately owned Canadian company. Its Oenology Division in Toulouse, France works closely with the UK sparkling wine industry with the support of the IOC from Epernay.

Mapman

Mapman Ltd partners with the world’s leading geospatial platform and earth observation data and insight providers to unlock The Value of Where®. In viticulture, it provides a vineyard site-finding tool called FarmView, a vineyard scouting tool to capture pest and disease observations, and it’s partnered with WineGB to power the UK Vineyard Surveys covering bud burst, frost, flowering, véraison and harvest.

With its partners Environment Systems, it also sponsors and support the Sustainable Wines of Great Britain Scheme with its SENCE tool which creates an estate’s habitat map asset register (a conservation map), quantifies in tonnes and values in pound sterling the carbon storage and sequestration above and below ground, and identifies and evaluates opportunities for natural capital and biodiversity enhancement, incorporating ecological networks (e.g. woodland and hedgerow planting) and ecosystem services (nature-based solutions such as natural flood management and soil erosion risk management). 

It also helps fruit-growers determine where to invest and expand their operations, land agents identify the best use of their clients’ land, lending organisations understand the risks associated with their capital portfolio, funding organisations see what is being grown where, by whom and how, insurers measure the impact of natural disasters to forestry and other crops, and investors reach data-driven decisions from climate change scenario modelling.

Murphy & Son

Having supported British drinks producers since 1887, Murphy’s launched a focused wine division in 2019. With a full Lallemand and Perdomini range, it supports UK wine producers with processing aids, yeasts, nutrients and cleaning chemicals plus technical backing from its UKAS accredited laboratory to help you deliver consistent, quality wines every season.

N P Seymour

N. P. Seymour is one of the UK’s leading vineyard equipment and machinery dealers. Established over forty years and proud to provide quality tractor and machinery brands, along with excellent service and engineering know-how. Good understanding of the industry and its requirements and endeavour to supply and support equipment fit for purpose, to ensure growers are working as efficiently and effectively as possible. Always looking to the latest technologies to assist growers in getting the best from their crop with products such as frost protection equipment and autonomous Fendt tractors. Pleased to support WineGB as a Patron.

Oak Creative

Since its beginnings over 30 years ago, Oak Creative has been a creative partner for ambitious brands and organisations in Kent and beyond. It is their goal to boost their client’s brand awareness and help to drive their business growth. They use their creative know-how and brand-building expertise to help elevate their clients’ businesses.

It is their creative know-how which has led Oak Creative to deliver stand-out food and drinks brands. They create brands, campaigns, and websites, all of which are founded in creativity, are relevant to the audience, engage them and ultimately effect a change.

Although they work across all sectors including hospitality, leisure and agriculture – food and drink is a legacy and something they are very passionate about. So, after many years building websites for the food and drinks industry, they developed their own, unique ecommerce platform – FoodE.

Having seen first hand the pain points these businesses experience, and with a strong understanding of how the sector operates, they knew that offering an ecommerce platform which could fully integrate with business systems would allow businesses to scale in an efficient way.

Soil Nurture

Soil Nurture allows growers to improve soil and plant health sustainably. The vermicast based products help with plant growth, yield, disease suppression and aims for long term soil health.

The Carling Partnership

The Carling Partnership Ltd (CPL) is the leading international search company working exclusively within the wine, brewing, distilling, cider and soft drinks industries.

The drinks industry is a growing market internationally, and CPL recognises the demand for professional and talented individuals to help clients meet their goals in a competitive marketplace. Providing a first-class recruitment service for a wide network of clients from global and international wine companies to small produces, CPL sources and recruits the talent for the future, specialising middle to executive level.

In order to meet the highest standards required by employers in the wine sector, CPL has the right experience and extensive network of contacts necessary to optimise the search process for both candidates and companies. Its clients enjoy the advantages of working with a sector-specialist search company, and we help talented and ambitious applicants secure the best opportunities to meet their career plans.

As a small company, it is proud of the professional and dedicated service it offers in a highly competitive market. 

UPL Europe

Natural Plant Protection (NPP), a business unit of UPL and part of UPL’s OpenAg Network offers growers a comprehensive portfolio of biosolutions with naturally derived agricultural inputs. Covering crop resilience; protection against pests, disease, and environmental challenges; improving nutrition; and supporting soil health, NPP’s bio-solutions improve farms’ productivity and profitability without compromising the environment. Supported by nine manufacturing sites, six R&D laboratories, and seven experimental stations across the globe, NPP is reimagining sustainability using micro-power to create macro impact to empower climate-positive agriculture.

Vetreria Etrusca

Vetreria Etrusca is an Italian manufacturer of glass bottles. It makes bottles in three glass colours; very dark green VerdEtrusco, its signature antique green colour with high recycled content and excellent UV protection, then half-white and extra-white flint. Its speciality is personalisation, either of one of its existing bottles or a customer’s unique design. All its glass is produced at its factory in Italy, which is one of the most environmentally advanced in Europe. It supplies bottles for all wine styles and has an extensive catalogue of shapes to chose from.

Vine Care UK

Suppliers of vines, trellis materials and sundries, Vine Care UK’s service covers everything from planting and trellising to management and consultancy, and provision of vineyard labour. The company has many years of experience of working with English vineyards.

Vinescapes

Vinescapes is the leading vineyard and winery consultancy in the UK providing a ‘Ground to Grape to Glass’ service supporting growers and winemakers with their wine production adventure. Services include detailed land selection, using the unique VineMAP site evaluation tool, vineyard design, planting and establishment, vineyard management, winery scoping and design. The Vinescapes expert team, led by CEO Dr Alistair Nesbitt, also offer consultancy, business advice, training, world class research and climate science.

Vineyard Magazine

Vineyard Magazine is a monthly publication for anyone working in, or with a passion for, English and Welsh viticulture and winemaking. Each edition delves into a wide range of topics from wine reviews by acclaimed critic Matthew Jukes, to thought-provoking editorial features on growers and producers, and a selection of topical, expert advice from agronomists, vineyard and winemaking consultants, machinery dealers, land agents and legal professionals; it is a celebration of all things English and Welsh wine related.

Wine Wealth

Wine Wealth comprises Jack’s English Wine Brokerage and Look Art Wine.

Jack’s English Wine Brokerage deals strictly with English wines and gets them from vineyards to “on-licence” and “off-licence” establishments by directly linking up both parties to facilitate a trade. Our strength lies in the simplicity and efficiency of our methods, with our goal being to get English wines into as many recreational venues and sales outlets as possible within the UK and beyond.

Look Art Wine creates English wine-focused, synaesthesia-driven art with each piece of artistic output being linked to a specific bottle of English wine. This offers a perceptual experience through interaction with the five basic human senses; see the art, touch the art, smell, and taste the wine which inspired it, while listening to the accompanying sound clip tailored to the wine’s tasting notes. To keep our creative output unique, only one piece of each is ever produced.

Sustainability Silver Patrons

Amorim Cork

Amorim Cork is the world’s largest producer and supplier of sparkling and still wine cork stoppers, trusted by many of the leading producers worldwide. With subsidiaries in all key wine regions on five continents, Amorim Cork serves more than 20,000 customers with the industry’s more encompassing, high-quality solutions, all featuring the impeccable sustainability credentials and proven benefits of cork.

With more than 150 years of history, the company shows an all-encompassing commitment to innovation across a product portfolio that ranges from high-end natural cork stoppers, to sparkling and Champagne stoppers and technical cork stoppers for faster rotation wines.

A strong investment in R&D has produced groundbreaking solutions and the cutting-edge screening technologies such as NDtech® and Naturity® for natural whole cork stoppers, to Xpür® super critical fluid technology for micro-granulated stoppers.

State-of-the-art production technologies, leading expertise, and unparalleled quality control are some of the reasons why the world’s top wine producers rely on Amorim Cork to guard their treasures. Honouring the unique relationship between two exceptional materials – cork and wine – from France to California, from Argentina to Australia, the world’s best wines are sealed with the world’s finest stoppers.

John Buchan Agronomy

John is an Independent Viticultural Agronomist working with both conventional and organic vineyards and offering initial site appraisal, from soil sampling with interpretation and recommendations through to full integrated crop production programmes with on going advice. He has his own range of nutrient formulations manufactured to his own recipes and can supply site specific fertiliser formulations as required.

Kirkland UK

Kirkland UK are specialists in vineyard equipment. Constantly growing and evolving their product range, Kirkland provide vineyards with a vast machinery range, expert knowledge, and tailor each machine to the customer’s needs. From the specialist Antonio Carraro tractors to the latest electric machines, drift-free sprayer, fully autonomous vineyard robot or mechanical harvesting machines, Kirkland supply it all. Their fully equipped workshop and parts department can supply full-service packages or tailor them to your needs. Proud to be a Patron of WineGB.

The Licensing Guys

The Licensing Guys (TLG) have over 70 years of combined licensing experience and are specialist consultants in licensing, compliance, training and food safety. We are delighted to offer our turn-key solution to WineGB members, providing access to:

• Licensing guidance on an individual business level.
• Licensing application service and representation for all forms of licensing permissions.
• Training in class-based or online formats in licensing and related qualifications.
• Access to every licensing-related policy and/or document you would ever need.

We’ve already worked with dozens of similar businesses and vineyards across the UK to date, dealing with every aspect of their business including advice, applications and representation at hearings.

Palletower

Palletower(GB)Ltd are the UK’s largest manufacturer and stockist of storage and logistics equipment.

Having recently invested heavily into their plastic moulding division, Palletower are now the UK’s sole manufacturer of the rigid plastic pallet boxes widely used with the wine, fruit, and agriculture industries for the harvest and storage of fruit and produce.

Their planet-friendly UK manufacturing means substantially reduced CO2 from imported boxes. Their superior design boxes also use up to 3kg less plastic further reducing the carbon footprint from manufacture. Palletower’s plastic boxes lead the way in offering users a highly sustainable UK-manufactured box that is fully recyclable at the end of its use.

The boxes are manufactured in fruit friendly HDPE and have either solid sides and bases to retain liquid or vented sides and bases to promote airflow to the produce.

Boxes are available in a variety of colours in large volumes from stock and can be moulded to suit your corporate colours and branding.

Become a WineGB Patron

For further details of the benefits you can receive as a Gold or Silver Patron of WineGB please download our booklet or contact Phoebe French: